EXCLUSIVE: Sheikh El-Zakzaky Says Sect Will Seek Legal Redress Against Military Onslaught

The sect was on a procession to mark the annual Quds day in Zaria when soldiers reportedly shot at them. But military authorities say the incident will be investigated before apportioning blames

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Islamic cleric and leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, has said his group would employ legitimate peaceful and legal means to challenge the killing of 35 of its members by the Nigerian military last Friday rather than resort to violence like the extremist Boko Haram sect.

He said although the group was still bitter over the incident, it had accepted the incident as a spiritual test of the group and its leader.

Mr. El-Zakzaky described Islam as a religion of peace and said being a movement of peace, his organisation would never be provoked into taking arms against the Nigerian state and its innocent citizens.

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria is far too peaceful, mature and organised to take the law into its hand to foment trouble, he said.

According to him, rather than resort to violence which could have fatal consequences on the country the group would take its case to the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, and other civl rights bodies for redress.

The organisation will also seek legal redress in court if necessary, the Islamic cleric said.

“We are very angry,” Mr. El-Zakzaky told PREMIUM TIMES in a telephone interview on Wednesday. “Thirty-five members of our organisations were murdered by the military. It was a peaceful procession but they shot at our members unprovoked.

“But in spite of the tragedy, we will remain peaceful. Islam is a religion of peace. And we are organised. We are matured, and nobody can provoke us into violence.”

When asked if his angry members won’t be provoked into descending on the country like the Boko Haram sect, the cleric said his members are aware of examples of past Islamic prophets and leaders who were spiritually tested in various ways but who did not resort to violence or ungodly conducts.

The Boko Haram sect took up arms against the Nigerian state when its leader, Mohammed Yusuf, was extrajudicially murdered by the Nigeria Police.

“So many things like that have happened to great servants of Allah in the past. Imam Khomeini’s (of Iran) sons were also killed, but he never lost focus. We will never lose focus. Why should we be provoked? We don’t attack, we only talk about faith and what we stand for. We are a peaceful people and no one can accuse us of ever instigating violence.”

Members of the sect were on a procession to mark the annual Quds day in Zaria when soldiers reportedly shot at them at the popular PZ roundabout in the city.

The crisis started when the soldiers allegedly tried to disperse the sect, which was denouncing Israeli’s attacks on Gaza.

Mr. Zakzaky’s three biological sons, Mahmud, Ahmad and Hamid as well as 32 other members of the Islamic Movement were shot dead.

Mahmud was a student of Almustapha University, Beirut, Ahmad a Chemical Engineering student of Shenyang University, China and Hamid an Aeronautical Engineering student of Xiang University, also in China.

A fourth son of the cleric, Ali, was shot in the leg. He survived, and is in hospital.

Mr. El-Zakzaky however told PREMIUM TIMES that five days after the incident neither President Goodluck Jonathan nor agents of the Federal Government has made public statements on the matter.

“The government is yet to contact me. As you know the President is yet to make any public statement on the matter. The Minister of Defence is also yet to do that. What has happened has happened. And people have been coming to see me,” he said.

He explained that his group was on a peaceful procession that day and did not in anyway provoke the soldiers.

However, Defence spokesman, Chris Olukolade, a major general said the military would investigate the matter to establish who was wrong.

He said soldiers do not take delight in killing anybody.

Mr. Olukolade added, “The people from within that crowd shot at soldiers. We don’t want to be drawn into any controversy.  We are interested in ascertaining what really happened.”

The defence spokesperson however rejected Mr. El-Zakzaky’s claim that the military and the government had not reached out to him.

“On the day of the incident, the officers in Zaria met him, had discussions with him and even exchanged telephone numbers with him,” Mr. Olukolade said. “And we have since said we need to investigate what really happened that day so we know how to proceed.”

When contacted, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, said it was not true that the federal government had not contacted Mr. El-Zakzaky.

“That’s not true,” Mr. Abati said. “The incident occured on Friday. The National Security Adviser contacted him on Saturday and condoled him. He also assured him that the incident would be thoroughly investigated.

“The Chief of Army Staff has also initiated investigation into the incident.”


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  • Island man

    Bear the lost sheikh, its as shown how wicked our leaders are, God will comfort the bereaved families.

    • Shehu

      NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ARE A BUNCH OF LIARS.

      • solomon

        YOUR FATHER DEAD SHEHU

        • Shehu

          THANKS SO MUCH. DEATH IS INEVITABLE. IT WILL VISIT YOU TOO.

          • Ahmad

            Thanks for that answer. It’s the best reply to any lunatic infidel.

    • Lanre

      HABA -There were protest in London, Paris, China and New york. Why killing people for expressing their opinions. If the Shiites should go violence, pretty sure no one will wait. Zakzaky have use his podium to condem boko haram and twice they have tried to kill him. Why taking his sons alive and returned them dead ?

  • GoodCitizen

    El-Zakzaky considered himself more Palestinian than Nigeria. These cowards prefer to protest in far away Zaria for Palestinians than for Nigerians being killed by boko haram. They are afraid of boko haram and could not go near Gaza for fear of Israeli rockets. How many times has Zakzaky called out his brainwashed shites to stage a peaceful protest in Nigeria calling for ceasefire and stop to carnage going on in the north? Zakzaky remains enemy of the state of Nigeria as long as he considered the lives of Palestinians more precious than those of Nigerians being killed daily by militant group called boko haram. Shites are as deadly as boko haram the earlier the state check their excesses the better for all of us. This is how maitasene started and today we have boko haram. PLACE ZAKZAKY AND HIS SHITES GROUP ON THE WATCHLIST NOW OR WE ALL REGRET OUR INACTION LATER. oko haram.

    • The Man

      You are right on point

    • Lanre

      There were protest in London, Paris, China and New york. Why killing people for expressing their opinions. If the Shiites should go violence, pretty sure no one will wait. Zakzaky have use his podium to condem boko haram and twice they have tried to kill him. Why taking his sons alive and returned them dead ?

      • Bigzy

        @Lanre, you are a fire starter!

        • Lanre

          Am I starting a fire or just ranging an alarm bell for those that have hear. Boko haram became mad when their leader was killed. Zakyzaky has millions of followers, it better the govt get those army that commits the extra judicial killing. Boko, ebola if we add another problem. you will also run

          • Bigzy

            What do you mean by saying that “… you will run”? It is quite disingenious to say that “it better the govt get those army that commits the extra judicial killing”. Have we not got a responsible army leadership and a judicial system? All incidents are investigated by the relevant command and necessary action taken. You must still think that we are in the military era where the army and government were one and the same.

    • kiliminati

      stop been mischievious… this man has condemned boko Haram severally and they have tried to kill him too… dont talk about what you do not know out of hatred.. it wouldnt get you any where…

      • solomon

        he is wicked than boko haram he condomed

    • Auwalu

      Blind comment, from a blind heart.

      • solomon

        directed to your wicked blood suckinh allah

    • Ajayi Ifayemi

      What kind of comment is this?

  • Alkanawy

    My Condolences To Sheikh Zakzaky, His Entire And Al-Muslim Ummah…… Oh! u Who believed in Allah us unite to avoid the deadly hatred from the Infidels and the Munafiquns. I

  • longben

    Innoson motors of Nigeria are getting ready to start exporting their made-in-Nigeria vehicules to markets in west Africa. Thats what we want to hear and not the propagation of empty rhetorics in the name of imported religion and God’s that serve no purpose for the blackman except to kill and maim his own

  • TRUTH MASTER

    It is precisely this kind of killing that led to the aggravation of the Boko Haram crisis. Remember the extra-judicial execution of the founder of the sect, Mohammed Yusuf?

    Apparently, the trigger-happy security agencies have learnt no lessons at all. Extra-judicial killings, for whatever reasons, have no place in a decent world.

    The FG should launch an inquiry into these killings and bring those responsible to justice. Let’s not make the same mistake twice!

    My sincere condolences to the cleric and his followers.

    • Wähala

      You’re asking the suspects to launch an inquiry… waste of time!

      • Taming of obdurate Wähala

        Your comment is a waste of space. What happened to your alta ego, Screw-em?

        • Wähala

          He’s busy with your mommy in his bedroom… living up to his name, just like me!

          • redeem

            the only difference between Wahala ati Sekau, Zak Zaky seems to be the tribal marks on his face–ati the bears—-everything else remains the same—very clear that yr birth was celebrated by whores camped near the Nigerian army-during the biafran war-hence the gutter language-

    • solomon

      And you mumu forgot what happened before the so called boko haram leader was executed.

      • TRUTH MASTER

        Nothing in the world…repeat…..nothing in the world justifies extra-judicial execution. Wish you knew better so you can understand.

    • redeem

      what happened to the pastors and members of the congregation that Yusuf the late leader of boko haram murdered in cold blood– Is the life of Yusuf more precious than that of the pastor he killed————-Pastor Ijeh was murdered by Yusuf. without any porvocation other than the fact that he was a pastor——-who is going to atone for the sins of yusuf–who was properly killed by the police-no pity for his rotten soul–he started the killing of christians in the north -now some namas are weeping for his dirty smelly soul–same as they seems to be doing for ZakZaky who was once law unto himself in the north———now his kids are gone to the great beyond-

      • TRUTH MASTER

        You don’t understand. And you won’t. I won’t waste my time with you, Deri!

  • IskaCountryman

    elzak…if your group has ever been responsible for riots in zaria and the killing of innocent people since you came back from iran…then carry on…do not forget your file is very long…those who live by the sword shall die by the sword…bury your children and subtract their numbers from those of other people whom you and your group killed in the past…that is the islamic way…

    • Auwalu

      Pls Mr. Countryman, stop stereotyping. Check the history of the Islamic Movement under Zakzaky, there was never a time when they attacked even an animal on the road. Stop blind accusation.

      • IskaCountryman

        son…from 1981 or thereabouts when el zak came back…riots in zaria became a frequent friday occurrence…there is nothing to argue about…his thick file is in the dss…calculate all those who lost their lives in those riots…or do you think no one died?…

        • Ahmad

          So what has the DSS done about it. Or are they also going to trade it with 2015 votes as they did ABACHA LOOT and ALI MODU SHERIFF links to BH and his joining PDP? Tell us please.

  • Ahmad

    The extra judicial killing is deliberate attempt to create another Boko Haram so as to fast track the killing of the north.

    • Bigzy

      You are one big conspiracy theorist. Does anyone force a group to take up arms?

      • Ajayi Ifayemi

        Yes, if you continue to kill them indiscriminately.

        • solomon

          If they continue living like cows they would be kill.

          No country gives vagabond space to live anyhow.

          Saudi Arabia never allow such madness in the name of wicked allah so it won’t happen here

          • Ahmad

            The curse of Allah, the holy prophets from Adam to Abraham, Moses, Jesus son of Mary, Muhammad, the holy angels Gebreil and Michael and all the angels and believers is upon you and all other sons of Lucifer that share your view.

          • Ajayi Ifayemi

            Good luck to you!

      • Ayo Kellany

        anyone with a brain should know the answer to your question is YES except one is as dumb as some of our kindergarten leaders.

    • IskaCountryman

      nope…some of us muslims have become audacious and now wear our islam as a cloak of impunity…unlike when they are dealing with the police that has a long history with elzak…the military does not have the patience for that sort of nonsense…comot for road make sodja pass…cikena…

  • Wähala

    While I commend El-Zazkzaky for his mature compunction in the face of triple tragedy, it is pertinent to remind those running wild with the trigger that such carelessness led us to this Boko Haram mess. The DSS are also currently running wild and shooting into the air in Osun State ahead of the Guber elections, unless called to order, it’s a matter of time before another avoidable tragedy takes place due to the impunity with which security agencies go about their business. However, I wonder why the Sheihk would place all his sons in one march knowing the security situation in the country meant goons will be out en masse… well, waiting to see how many Palestinians pay him condolence visits for losing his sons demonstrating for their cause.

    • redeem

      ZAKZAKY -can only have the likes of Wahala show pity on him over his evil ideas against his adopted nation-How can a sane religious leader- embark on a protest match in d fuilani north-4 d arabos- when we have our own Gaza strip in 9ja?-How many times has he been able to call his socalled followers to demostrate against the ongoing killings by boko haram-in the fulani north?-I wish he had been killed in the fracas with the army instead of his kids-If the arabs yearn to have Palestine liberated–they know what to do-the palestinian issue which has been on since 1945–hardly ever gets full arab support-Gaddafi was killed because of the Palestinian-crisis–Saddam Hussein–was equally hanged because of that-While the Arab league looked the other way–So who is ZakZaky an african to open his mouth or arganize protest on behalf of the arabs–from whom most of the clerics we have in d Fulani North-often go cap in hand to beg for Zakat———–we have had too many troubles from the fulanis who sneaked into Nigeria to claim ownership of the country-if its not Maitasine–its Izala–over 500 9jas were killed during the protest against the involvement of the US in Afghanistan–Kudirat abiola-akaluka- now this–rubbish–What about the hundreds of Nigerians who were killed because of ZakZaky in the north-in d early 8os -he has finally paid the supreme prize for his crime against humainty- with the life of his kids-which money ati bullets cannot bring back to him-animals

      • Shehu

        MR. FULANIPHOBIA AND ISLAMOPHOBIA, YOU HAVE A LOT TO DO. FIRE ON!!!

        • redeem

          @wahala-call it whatever name u like–Zak Zaky has sent too many 9jas to their early grave with his silly ideas-let him start whatever war he wants to embark upon in 9ja-who cares–Its only those who have never seen war b4–that yearn for one in their rotten religious hearts-since he is now out to liberate the Palestinians-from their global jail house in the occupied land-what name would u ascribe to Odi–Zaki biam–gbaranmatu ati Ayakoroma–where our fathers were thrown into burning huts–by the fulani army of occupation-

          Meanwhile—Buhari has asked the Federal Government to stop the clampdown of Boko Haram insurgents, saying Niger Delta Militants were never killed or properties belonging to them destroyed.

          Buhari who spoke on Sunday on a Liberty Radio programme, Guest of the Week monitored said accused the government of killing and destroying houses belonging to Boko Haram members while the Niger Delta militants get special treatment.

          The former dictator said that unlike the special treatment given to the Niger Delta militants by the federal government, the Boko Haram members were being killed and their houses demolished by government.

          While accusing President Jonathan of failing from the beginning to address the SECURITY situation in the country, Buhari said he has never been in support of the state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa state.

          According to Buhari “what is responsible for the security situation in the country is caused by the activities of Niger Delta militants. Every Nigerian that is familiar with what is happening knows this. The Niger Delta militants started it all.

          “What happened is that the governors of the Niger Delta region at that time wanted to WIN their elections. So they recruited the youths and gave them guns and bullets and used them against their opponents to win

  • allfsanni

    When God-Allah Most Gracious Most Merciful sent the book of Moses and delivered Jewish Israel from Egypt, the preaching of Prophet Moses ten commandments message to Mankind from God was love thy neighbor as thy self. This is not happening between Israel and Palestine. When Allah-God appointed Prophet Moses to deal with the problem, machine guns and bullets were not sent down to him. Moses was merely commanded to use the stick says the Quran. When the Angels will be asking your sol at death why you did this evil and your dny, the very hand you used to commit will testify, will talk. You can not deny this. the Quran say those who tell lies fail woefully in this world and the hereafter.

  • Dorcas

    This man is an example of a good leader. I dont know which Nigerian bishop will take lightly the killing of not only his church members but also of his three sons. This man indeed is a good leader, as a Christian, I salute his courage and calmness in the face of provocation. May God grant the souls of the departed everlasting peace.

    • Okey

      I have learnt not to commend hastily in matters of this nature. Let’s wait to see what follows later, what comes out from him and his members later. Remember, the man who rushed to congratulate the winner of the last Ekiti gubernatorial context is now in court through proxy. Beside, ever since his congratulatory message, he has engaged in one ungentlemanly act after the other – creating multiple local govt areas (LGAs) and employing thousands of workersonly now he that he has only a few days to leave office, just to cause confusion for incoming Governor. So, let’s wait and see what comes later from El Zakzaky and followers in the days ahead.

    • redeem

      Buhari has asked the Federal Government to stop the clampdown of Boko Haram insurgents, saying Niger Delta Militants were never killed or properties belonging to them destroyed.

      Buhari who spoke on Sunday on a Liberty Radio programme, Guest of the Week monitored said accused the government of killing and destroying houses belonging to Boko Haram members while the Niger Delta militants get special treatment.

      The former dictator said that unlike the special treatment given to the Niger Delta militants by the federal government, the Boko Haram members were being killed and their houses demolished by government.

      While accusing President Jonathan of failing from the beginning to address the SECURITY situation in the country, Buhari said he has never been in support of the state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa state.

      According to Buhari “what is responsible for the security situation in the country is caused by the activities of Niger Delta militants. Every Nigerian that is familiar with what is happening knows this. The Niger Delta militants started it all.

      “What happened is that the governors of the Niger Delta region at that time wanted to WIN their elections. So they recruited the youths and gave them guns and bullets and used them against their opponents to win –delete as usual

    • redeem

      (Jihadist Islam predates Nigeria’s independence. A ‘famous’ Islamic figure in Nigeria is Sheikh Usman dan Fodio. Usman dan Fodio is highly respected among muslims in the country. Many of them regard him as a role model. In fact, one of Nigeria’s Universities is named after him. Dan Fodio was a muslim teacher, preacher and jihadist who lived in the Hausa state of Gobir. He fell out with local authorities including his former student who later became the ruler of Gobir, Yunfa, due to his ‘reformist’ views and opposition to the violations of sharia. He was forced into exile. From exile, he launched a jihad. Does that action sound familiar? Does it sound like something which Prophet Muhammed also did? Dan Fodio Jihadists overran Gobir and killed the ruler, Yunfa. The jihad swept across most parts of what constitutes the present day Northern Nigeria. It led to the establishment of the Sokoto caliphate, with dan Fodio’s son, Mohammed Bello as the first Sultan.)

  • Ioseb Vissarionovich Dze Jugha

    THE FOOLS RAINING ABUSE ON SHEIK ZAKZAKY SHOULD NOTE THAT THIS THE PERSON THAT GIVE REFUGEE TO HUNDREDS OR THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS WHENEVER RELIGIOUS OR ETHNIC CRISES ERUPTS IN KADUNA OR ZARIA AND FYI THE PALESTINE PROTEST WAS NOT CONDUCTED BY THE SHIAS ONLY AS A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF CHIRISTIANS ALSO TOOK TO THE STREET TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROTEST

    • redeem

      we do not need these senseless protest in Nigeria–The fulani north protest against the movement of USA troops to Afghanistan led to the death of over 500 Nigerians-if the North do not have fear for the sanctity of life-those of us from the SS do- No sane Imam would allow his flock to embark on a protest match aware of the crisis confronting the nation–as it concerns the boko haram crisis–that is what we are saying–

      • Dennis

        you are an anarchist, straight and simple. I hope when the consequence of your hatred manifests in reality it will recognise you and your ilk and consume you without mercy, son of evil. All that glitters is not Gold!

      • Ioseb Vissarionovich Dze Jugha

        all i can say to your hausaphobia, islamaphobia and fulaniphobia is fire on or…WUTA SALLAU……FYI WUTA SALLAU is a hausa joke where a fool called bought a beetle car in which the engine is in the back and once the engine caught fire and people are trying to warn him saying wuta sallau (meaning fire sallau or your engine is on fire sallau) but the fool thought they are encouraging him to step on the car or to speed up….sallau is a good example of redeem, instead of u to step up and quell the fire the drunkard in aso villa is fuelling, you are busy showing yourr hatred towards a certain tribe and religion

  • Okey

    I have learnt not to commend hastily in matters of this nature. Let’s wait to see what follows later, what comes out from him and his members later. Remember, the man who rushed to congratulate the winner of the last Ekiti gubernatorial context is now in court through proxy. Beside, ever since his congratulatory message, he has engaged in one ungentlemanly act after the other – creating multiple local govt areas (LGAs) and employing thousands of workers only now he that he has only a few days to leave office, just to cause confusion for incoming Governor. So, let’s wait and see what comes later from El Zakzaky and followers in the days ahead.

  • NazirJos

    The killing by the security operatives was nothing other than to seek for another way to create yet another BH. You know whenever such things happen, there are always interested parties which can immediately hijack the identities of such protestants. I quite agree with Gordon Duff in his peice: “Nigeria: Targeted for Destruction For Those Who Have Ears To Listen”. Check this out (http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/11/14/nigeria-targeted-for-destruction/).

    Therefore, we are in a very serious, fragile, delicate and trying moments where we need to unite and repel the dangers that we are being tested with.

  • nestar41

    IGBOS MURDERED AGAIN….

    EVERY IGBOMAN SHOULD SIGN THIS PETITION AND WE MUST NOT REST UNTIL THE GOVT BRINGS THE CULPRITS TO BOOK…WE WILL NEVER ALLOW ANY IGBO BLOOD SHED AGAIN IN THIS COUNTRY AND KEEP QUIET..2 IGBOS WERE MURDERED ON FRIDAY IN THE CLASH BETWEEN A SHITTE GROUP AND THE NIGERIAN SOLDIERS IN ZARIA…MR JULIUS ANYANWU( DE JAB ELECTRONICS LTD
    ) AND HIS SALES GIRL..I SAW IT LIVE…AND WE THE IGBOS MUST NOT KEEP QUIET ESPECIALLY WE THE ONLINE ACTIVISTS..PLS SHARE THE NEWS UNTIL IT GETS TO THE AUTHORITIES….OHANEZE…MOSSOB..WHOEVER THAT IS CONCERNED PLEASE LETS JOIN HANDS AND STAND BY OUR BROTHERS..

    HEAR IT FROM THE ISLAMIC MOVEMENT SPOKESMAN!!!!!!
    A statement by Dr Abdullahi Danladi on behalf of the Resource Forum of the Islamic Movement, said Olukolade’s statement that “the troops not being out to ‘attack innocent citizens’ is not true. Your troops have killed 33 armless and defenceless people in one day, some of them cold bloodedly murdered by various forms of torture and electrocution.”
    He added that “so far, 33 Muslims have been killed three of whom are Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky’s sons and a Christian old man Julius Anyawu, 68, was also killed when he challenged the army as per why they were killing armless and peaceful protesters. Another lady Chibozor Levechi who came to assist Anyawu was also shot and is currently receiving medical attention.”

  • Umar Dendi

    Honesty Honesty Honesty!!!